Voters' increased faith in Tories over economy will be blow to Labour
Survey finds 12 per cent rise in confidence in Osborne and Cameron since June
Tuesday 13 August 2013
There has been a sharp rise in voters' faith in George Osborne and David Cameron's ability to handle the nation's finances, an opinion poll found in a fresh blow to Labour.
The ICM survey for the Guardian showed 40 per cent had confidence in the Tory Chancellor and Prime Minister on the key issue, up from just 28 per cent in June amid signs of a growing economic recovery.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls and Labour leader Ed Miliband were well behind on 24 per cent despite enjoying a five-point jump in their own rating over the same period.
The dramatic stretching of the gap came despite continued public pessimism about the prospects for personal finances, with more people expecting their situation to worsen (29 per cent) than improve (24 per cent) over the next year.
Labour has made the rising cost of living a key theme of its attack on the coalition's handling of the economy.
Mr Miliband is under fire from some quarters within his own party for failing to set out sufficiently clear economic and other policies to attract voters and a “deafening silence” over the summer holiday period so far.
There was relatively better news for the Opposition in the overall voting intention figures, which showed it regaining its recent slim lead over the Tories, who drew level last month.
The latest poll put Labour down one point on 35 per cent while the Conservatives shed four points to stand at 32 per cent.
Most of those lost voters were picked up by the UK Independence Party which gained three points to 10 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats gaining one point at 14 per cent.
ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 1,001 adults by telephone on August 9-11.
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